NYC Demands ‘Fair Share’ as Vaccine Supply Dwindles; Cuomo Sets More Reopening Dates – NBC New York

NYC Demands ‘Fair Share’ as Vaccine Supply Dwindles; Cuomo Sets More Reopening Dates – NBC New York

What to Know

  • Three million people over age 16 with qualifying underlying conditions became eligible for their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, joining 7 million+ other New Yorkers already eligible
  • State-run sites saw the highest appointment volume since the rollout began on Sunday, the day they started accepting appointments for that group; appointments are now mostly booked through mid-April
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to announce incremental reopening steps as the numbers improve; he said Wednesday that overnight summer camps can plan to reopen in June if current trajectory holds

Postponed. Canceled. “Please try again later.” These are some of the most common messages frustrating tri-state residents as they scramble to try to book vaccination appointments that take months to get and might get shelved anyway.

In most cases, it’s a matter of supply. New York City’s stock of first doses had dwindled below 29,000 Wednesday, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to warn there may not be sufficient supply to even get through same-day appointments. A day earlier, Mount Sinai Health System said it had to cancel existing appointments at all sites in the city because of “sudden changes in vaccine supply.”

“Every single time we’re running into the same challenge,” a frustrated de Blasio said Wednesday. “We need supply. We need more vaccine so we can make a difference. Remember in the beginning? The mantra was, ‘Testing, testing, testing.’ Now it’s, ‘Supply. Supply. Supply.’ We’re going to run out.”

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